Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a very sweet book.
Written by Eileen Spinelli
Illustrated by Archie Preston
32 pages – ages 4+
Published by Zonderkidz on September 1st, 2015
Theme/Topic- Being thankful
Genre- Realistic Fiction
Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “
The waitress is thankful for comfortable shoes.
The local reporter, for interesting news.”
Synopsis: From Goodreads; “Thankful, by bestselling and award-winning children’s author Eileen Spinelli, combines charming rhymes and whimsical illustrations to convey the importance of being thankful for everyday blessings. Like the gardener thankful for every green sprout, and the fireman, for putting the fire out, readers are encouraged to be thankful for the many blessings they find in their lives. Spinelli exhibits her endearing storytelling with this engaging poem, reminding children how blessed and special they are. Meant to be read aloud, this heartwarming picture book will be a treasured keepsake for parents and children alike.“
Why I liked this book- Mrs. Spinelli has done it again! This is a fantastic book to start a discussion about the blessings your family has. I really like the simple illustrations. They go perfectly with the story, and have a whimsical feeling to them. I like how the book shows the kids dressing up / interacting with parents for the careers. That was cute. This book would make a nice edition in any home or classroom. The two characters could be any children, and young kids will love that. There is a sweet rhyme throughout the book, making it a perfect read-aloud for young children.
Activities and Resources- For this book, and Thanksgiving at the Tappletons’ [BELOW], talk about the blessings that your family has. That things like a turkey or pie isn’t what Thanksgiving is about.
For younger kids, they can also say what different people would be thankful for
A NASCAR racer is thankful for good gas.
A blogger is thankful for his readers.
A cookie is thankful for his monster (well maybe not).
Check out the sweet trailer!
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Here is my other Thanksgiving pick!
Thanksgiving at the Tappletons’
Written by Eileen Spinelli
Illustrated by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
32 pages – ages 5+
Published by HarperTrophy on October 1st 1992
Synopsis- From GoodReads: “Mrs. Tappleton gets up early to prepare the turkey. Mr. Tappleton sets off to buy the pies. Kenny makes the salad, and Jenny mashes the potatoes. Then all the relatives arrive for an enormous Thanksgiving dinner. But this year nothing seems to go right. First the turkey slides down the icy hill and into the pond — “plop! splash!” Then the bakery sells out of pies. It looks like it’s going to be a pretty bleak holiday…until Grandmother reminds everyone that there’s more to Thanksgiving than a turkey and trimmings.“
What I Thought- This is a pretty funny book. I like how everyone means well, but still messes up. It makes for a really nice message at the end. The illustrations are nice, and remind me of our family’s Thanksgiving get-togethers. The story really captures the sense of family. Especially the fact that Uncle Fritz and Grandpa Tappleton keep saying that they are getting hungrier (“I could eat four elephants!”). I found that pretty realistic (sorry, Dad! 😉 ).